Thursday, June 4, 2015

TED talk- How my brain injury made me smarter.

I watched this TEDx talk today and it resonated with me. It is about how life changed for a smart woman who suffered a brain injury.  Ann Zuccardy has a blog with the eye catching title... I want my Brain Back. Ah ha! I like her already.

She is a communications expert who had a fall resulting in a Traumatic Brain Injury and she talks about resiliency and what she has learned about creativity and intelligence in her attempts to put her life back together. She promotes pushing your comfort level. Ann learned ways that play, movement and humor could help in her recovery.

She says she became... an "accidental neuroscientist".  How many of us could claim the same title?  It is amazing how much we needed to learn about brains and neuroscience at a time when we felt the least able to focus and learn.

What are your thoughts about this talk?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Summer is Coming

Summer is Coming

What are the 3 things you look forward to the most in the summer?
Whether it’s travel, the weather, family cookouts or another activity,
share with your readers why you’re excited for summer! #HAWMC
Oh Summer!
What do I look forward to?

What good is the warmth of summer,
without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
~John Steinbeck

Not freezing

In summer we do not have to dress in layers, put on boots, or worry about where our hats and mitts are hiding. This is probably saying more about what I dislike about winter than what I like about summer. Really weather affects your moods so much. Longer days, with increased sunshine and warmth make for pleasant easy days. You can walk safely outside with less chance of slipping. Life is just so much ... umm warmer!
Spending time in our yard and parks

Jasper smiling in our backyard.

container gardens in the yard
Time at our beloved little island cottage

Watching ducklings by the dock

Basking on the boat with the wind in our hair.

Peaceful evenings in front of our Cottage

What should I do with this blog?

Health Tagline
Give yourself, or your patient experience a tagline. 
 Grab attention with your slogan.  Make sure it’s catchy! #HAWMC
 I wrote on this topic once before for the HAWMC challenge and I still think the ones I came up with  are pretty good lines.
 I thought back then that this would be a good tag line for my blog in general.
Leading a Healthy Life:
Moving Toward Wellness in our Community
 I thought that this one would be good line for my personal health concerns.
Stroke and Brain Injury:
Working on Recovery with Determination and Dignity
Those tag lines really do reflect the directions I have taken over the past couple of years. I really am concerned with what our communities have to offer people who live with health and wellness challenges and I truly believe that people need to reach out for help and work with determination to meet their own needs and the needs of their loved ones as well as others in their community.
What would be a good line for my new career?
Recreation Therapy is defined by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association as:
"Recreational Therapy” means a treatment service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition
 Recreation Therapy as a profession tries to facilitate individuals in reaching the best quality of life possible and we look at that in terms of the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and  spiritual aspects of life.
I have been debating the options of sharing some of my recreation program information on this blog or the possibility of opening another blog dedicated to sharing ideas related to Therapeutic Recreation. I would be interested in hearing your opinions.  My personal focus has most certainly broadened from stroke and my personal health issues. My work has me talking and working with people with many different health concerns and I have learned a lot of new information.
What should I do with this blog now?
Maybe a good tagline for a new recreation blog would be:
 Recreation Therapy:  Discovering New Ways to Lead a Healthy Life

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